7 DIY Valentines that are easy to make in bulk for your child's classmates

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Globe Totters City Blocks put a small piece of the world in the palm of baby's hand

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Blocks are a vital mainstay of childhood play, and parents Angela and Justin Clair have put a refreshing spin on the square staple with their Globe Totters City Blocks. Designed to educate even the youngest minds on culture and city life, each block features kid-friendly artwork (by founder, Angela) of famous landmarks, traditional food, transportation, wildlife and more, as it pertains to ten beloved cities: London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Brooklyn, Seattle, San Francisco, Sydney, New York City and Amsterdam. Each 5×5 inch block boasts an engaging design on every side of the block, so kids can correlate the city in their hand with a handful of its most treasured traits. Just a sampling of some of the features: Paris boasts vibrant macaroons and the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo – the Sensō-ji Temple, Amsterdam – Van Gogh’s art, London – Buckingham Palace, and so much more. In addition to being happy about this organic introduction to culture, parents will appreciate that each block is handmade in Brooklyn, New York using 100% GOTS certified organic cotton fabric, and printed with non-toxic water based inks. The interior, which includes a jingle bell, is comprised of 100% biodegradable eco-fill PLA (derived from corn). City Blocks may be purchased individually or in a pair or as a collection. We love this enlightened way to put a small piece of the world, or the city you call home into your child’s repertoire.

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Candy Kirby Designs' adorable boy and girl dolls make the sweetest companions for kids

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You can ride the real life Falkor and meet other creatures from The NeverEnding Story at this German theme park

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HOW TO: Make vegan Gok Jai: peanut butter, coconut, and sesame seed cookies for Chinese New Year

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Study finds that eating chocolate while pregnant improves placental function and decreases the risk of preeclampsia

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Pregnant ladies, we have news that will be music to your ears. According to a new study, eating chocolate could actually aid in fetal growth and help with placental function. In equally awesome news, consuming chocolate may also reduce preeclampsia risk. The study, which will be presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, actually set out to find if consuming high flavanol chocolate (versus low flavanol chocolate) would reduce preeclampsia and boost placental function with the idea that the health-giving qualities of the flavanols would benefit mom and baby. The study did not show a difference between the high or low flavanol chocolate groups, but both chocolate-consuming groups had significantly improved scores on the Doppler pulsatility index, which measures blood flow in the uterine, placental, and fetal circulations. But don’t go crazy on chocolate everything — it’s best to stick with high-flavanol dark chocolate which also contains other brain and heart-boosting properties and vitamins and minerals (and often less sugar and milk). Basically, the study is telling us that a) chocolate has mysterious qualities in addition to flavanols that are responsible for these health effects and b) the chocolate you have been craving isn’t just your hormones going crazy. Well, maybe that last one is a compelling reason, but we’ll chalk up that cocoa-flavored desire to your body just knowing that it’s good for you and your baby. In the study, each woman ate about an ounce of chocolate a day for 12 weeks, so we’d like to suggest another experiment that increases that amount a bit — we’re willing to bet there’s more than one pregnant woman who would be up for the challenge. Now, if someone does a study on the benefits of combining pickles and ice cream, we’ll really be good to go.

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LEGO minifigures handcrafted out of oak wood are elevated to art form

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LEGO aficionados will appreciate the skill and craftsmanship behind French designer Baptiste Tavitian‘s handcrafted LEGO minifigures, made from oak wood. The smooth, meticulously shaped minifigures are made using the original LEGO minifigure design — and they feature a gorgeous wood grain aesthetic. They’re also quite a bit more elegant (yet perhaps a little more emotionless) than their plastic counterparts. Impressively, the pieces, such as the head and the hand claws, attach on the same way as the original version, displaying accurate attention to design detail. The figures are not currently for sale, but they have been crafted in several sizes, including an oversized “mini figure” that is actually over two and a half feet tall! Tavitian, founder of BT Manufacture, must have a playful heart or kids at home: he also sells LEGO brick lights as well.

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Ken gets an unauthorized "DadBod" update in response to Barbie's new body types

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The original Barbie’s ridiculously unrealistic proportions have distorted the reality of what a woman’s body looks like, and endless commentary has been made about the famous doll’s appearance and how it affects self-esteem and body image. But Barbie’s beau Ken’s Adonis-like physique has received considerably less attention. Ken’s measurements, however, are equally ludicrous: a journal about eating disorders calculated that men would have to “increase 20 inches in height, 11 inches in the chest, and 7.9 inches in neck circumference” in order to look like Barbie’s super buff boyfriend. Hot on the heels of Barbie’s much-needed makeover, Ken, who was apparently designed to resemble the inventor of Barbie’s husband and was named after their son, has received an unauthorized update from a variety of internet sites. One of the most popular iterations, however,  is “DadBod Ken,” which attempts to more realistically and humorously depict an aging Ken who appears to have missed more than a few sessions at the gym (although his signature blond hair is still perfectly coiffed). Throughout the iconic doll’s history, there has been debate that Barbie creates unrealistic body goals, and Barbie has also been held responsible for effecting girls’ future career choices. Ken’s impact on the girls and boys who play with him has been less studied — and a potential makeover would unarguably have less impact than Barbie’s recent one. But it’s worth reconsidering Ken’s current unattainable body and adding some diversity and a dose of reality to his depiction as well.

RELATED | Barbie Moves Beyond Blue-Eyed and Blonde with new body types, hair and skin color options

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HOW TO: Make vegan red velvet cupcakes for a green Valentine's Day treat

HOW TO: Make vegan red velvet cupcakes for a green Valentine's Day treat

Looking for a nifty Valentine’s Day gift, and tired of the same old same old flowers and chocolate malarkey? How about showing your special someone how much you care with a…

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Europol says 10,000 migrant children who traveled to Europe are believed to be missing

Europol says 10,000 migrant children who traveled to Europe are believed to be missing

Last year, more than a million refugees crossed land and sea to escape persecution in Syria and parts of Africa and the Middle East, and to seek safe haven in European countries. Up to…

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British scientists get one step closer to designer babies with permission to genetically modify human embryos

British scientists get one step closer to designer babies with permission to genetically modify human embryos

We never thought we’d say this, but scientific trends in ethics are giving us whiplash by how quickly they are changing. In December, during an international summit on gene…

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Doctor delivers baby girls for free in India to discourage female foeticide

Doctor delivers baby girls for free in India to discourage female foeticide

Over the past four years, Ganesh Rakh has delivered more than 464 babies for free. Having your baby delivered for free (especially in the U.S., where is costs thousands of dollars to…

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HOW TO: Make steamed Chinese pak choi parcels with a Yamani rice and vegetables core

HOW TO: Make steamed Chinese pak choi parcels with a Yamani rice and vegetables core

1. Gather the ingredients yamani rice a bunch of pak choi a couple of mushrooms 1 large carrot a bunch of fresh parsley sesame seeds sesame oil soy sauce extra virgin olive…

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What pregnant women and those trying to conceive should know about Zika virus

What pregnant women and those trying to conceive should know about Zika virus

The World Health Organization just declared Zika virus a “global health emergency.” Just over a month ago, we shared the almost unbelievable news that Brazilian citizens…

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Forest preschool teaches rescued baby orangutans how to live in the wild

Forest preschool teaches rescued baby orangutans how to live in the wild

In Indonesia, 102 orphaned orangutans currently live at an International Animal Rescue facility that functions as a different type of forest school than the ones we usually discuss.…

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HOW TO: Make vegan, gluten-free heart thumbprint cookies to show your love on Valentine's Day or any day

HOW TO: Make vegan, gluten-free heart thumbprint cookies to show your love on Valentine's Day or any day

1. Gather the ingredients. 1 cup almonds, preferably raw, ground into a meal (this will make about 1 1/4 cups almond meal, which you can also purchase instead of making your own) 1/2…

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2016 "Who Owns Organic" chart shows independently owned organic companies may soon be a thing of the past

2016 "Who Owns Organic" chart shows independently owned organic companies may soon be a thing of the past

Image via The Cornucopia Institute – click image to see a pdf poster-sized version “Who Owns Organic,” is a popular infographic featuring independently owned organic food…

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7 vegan Super Bowl party appetizers to wow your crowd

7 vegan Super Bowl party appetizers to wow your crowd

1. Crispy Peanut Butter Cauliflower Wings Back off Buffalo wings — these cauliflower wings are much healthier, teeming with nutrients, and just as mouth watering. See for…

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